A cold gleam flashed across Chu Liuyue’s eyes when she heard the voice. She immediately gathered herself and turned back calmly.
It was Cheng Han.
“Director, why are you here?” Elder Mo Cang was shocked.
Lately, Cheng Han had been busy with the investigation into Yang Jianqing and Heng Jingchuo. Nobody had seen him for a few days; his appearance was unexpected.
“Are you telling Chu Liuyue to stop?”
Cheng Han strode purposely with an extremely serious look. “That’s right!”
Didn’t the director want to see Chu Liuyue leave as soon as possible? Now that she is leaving, why is he stopping her? The elder was stunned, confused by what was happening. “Director, what…”
“Chu Liuyue, you know very well why.” Cheng Han sternly stared at Chu Liuyue from where he stood a few steps away.
Chu Liuyue’s heart skipped a beat. Does he know about Ultimate Jingshen? It can’t be. With his ability, there’s no way Cheng Han could know.
She plastered a calm and polite smile onto her face. “Director, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“You don’t?” Cheng Han’s lips curled into a sneer. “You know very well what you’ve done! Rong Jin will be here soon; save your arguments for him!”
Rong Jin? Chu Liuyue breathed a sigh of relief. It isn’t about Ultimate Jingshen. What is Rong Jin doing here then?
In Cheng Han’s opinion, Chu Liuyue’s expression was clearly a sign of guilt for her deeds.
Seeing his gloating look, she suddenly remembered something. If my memory serves me right, Rong Jin should be here in Country Xing Luo for his marriage alliance with their princess.
The sound of approaching footsteps jolted Chu Liuyue out of her thoughts.
Cheng Han turned around, and a long-awaited smile appeared on his stern face.
Chu Liuyue followed suit. She saw a group of men, led by Rong Jin, coming through the main entrance.
The prince looked anxious as though he had rushed to the academy.
The two locked eyes with each other.
Rong Jin stopped abruptly. Along the way, all he could think of was how he was going to interrogate Chu Liuyue. Now that she stood before him, he was suddenly at a loss for words.
Deep down, he wished he didn’t have to face her under such circumstances.
Chu Liuyue saw the struggle in his eyes for a moment. Then, she saw Situ Xingchen behind him.
The princess was one step behind Rong Jin as though she were accompanying him for the trip.
When the former saw Chu Liuyue, she was dumbfounded. Obviously, she didn’t expect to bump into her here. Nevertheless, the princess collected herself quickly.
Situ Xingchen shifted her gaze away as though nothing had happened and walked to Rong Jin’s side. “Your Highness, please talk things through calmly. There’s no need to agitate yourself.”
Chu Liuyue raised an eyebrow at Situ Xingchen’s words. When did their relationship become so good? They’ve only met a few times.
Rong Jin looked at Situ Xingchen and nodded. “Don’t worry. I know what to do.”
Chu Liuyue crossed her arms in deep thought. A lot seemed to have gone on outside while I’ve been in the library reading for the past ten days.
“Director, thank you for keeping her here.” Rong Jin cupped his hands together and bowed toward Cheng Han.
The latter waved his hand. “It’s nothing; don’t mention it. Xingchen said that I must help Your Highness with this favor no matter what. Naturally, I can’t refuse.”
Rong Jin gave Situ Xingchen a grateful look. “Thank you.”
“I only wish to prevent unnecessary delays for Your Highness,” Situ Xingchen said gently.
Chu Liuyue couldn’t help herself from laughing out loud. If she hadn’t seen the cloud pattern on Situ Xingchen’s clothes or the look on the latter’s face when she was talking to Rong Jin, Chu Liuyue would’ve really thought that the princess was in love with him. Her acting skills are superb!
Rong Jin heard Chu Liuyue’s laugh, and he thought she was mocking him. His expression darkened. “Chu Liuyue, what’s so funny?”
Chu Liuyue shrugged. “Oh, nothing. Your Highness, why are you here for me? You can just tell me without putting on such a big show.”
Rong Jin paused; then, he asked seriously, “Do you have anything to do with Rong Zhen’s disappearance?”
Puzzled, Chu Liuyue asked, “What?”
When Rong Jin saw her reaction, he wavered. She really doesn’t seem to know. Situ Xingchen clearly said she saw Chu Liuyue and Rong Zhen together.
“I’m asking if you have done anything to Rong Zhen.”
A thought popped up in Chu Liuyue’s head. I settled the matter discreetly. By right, nobody should’ve noticed, not even the Empress. However, she is probably aware of Rong Zhen’s doings. It is only normal for the Empress to tell Rong Jin her suspicions, but… Judging from his expression, Rong Jin seems certain about the matter.
Chu Liuyue shook her head. “Your Highness, I really don’t know what you are talking about. Shouldn’t the Fourth Princess be in Country Yao Chen, at the palace? Why have you come to pick on me?”
Finally, Rong Jin couldn’t hold himself back any further. He stepped forward and hissed, “Quit acting! You must be behind Rong Zeng’s disappearance. Someone saw the two of you together before my sister went missing!”
Chu Liuyue blinked. There was nothing except confusion in her crystal-clear eyes. “Her Highness is missing? When did this happen?”
Chu Liuyue’s reaction caused Rong Jin to hesitate. Does Chu Liuyue really not know?
Chu Liuyue shifted her gaze toward Situ Xingchen with interest; she thought she knew the cause for Rong Jin’s behavior. “Your Highness, if I may ask: Did you tell the Crown Prince that you saw me with his sister?”
Situ Xingchen bit her lip and frowned, looking pitiful. “I-I… Yes, I did. I’m sorry; I didn’t know the Fourth Princess was missing. His Highness asked me about it, and I told him. I… It wasn’t intentional.”
A smile gradually appeared on Chu Liuyue’s lips. Great! Her words turned his doubts into certainty.
Chu Liuyue really played a part in Rong Zhen’s disappearance. However, she couldn’t remember when she was with Rong Zhen since she never showed herself before they left the Imperial City. Situ Xingchen is lying!
“Chu Liuyue, what have you got to say for yourself?” Rong Jin noticed that Chu Liuyue was silent for a long time. He thought she was feeling guilty.
After a brief silence, he said, “I know Rong Zhen is still alive. I promise I won’t kill you if you hand her over.”
Chu Liuyue gave him a nonchalant look. “Does Your Highness wish to convict me based on her one-sided words?”